College Expo

Virtual College Expo

Schools & Summer Programs

May 26 – 29, 2020 via Zoom

Meet with Juilliard, Eastman, San Francisco Conservatory,

and more than 40 other top schools, universities, and summer programs!

Expo Schedule

Attend an Expo session and get a chance to win a new iPad!

You will receive an entry into the Expo Raffle Giveaway for every session you attend. At the beginning of each session (see the schedule below), the CS Moderator will mark your attendance and give you a raffle entry. Winners will be randomly selected and announced at the *Convention Awards Show, Saturday, May 30 at 8 p.m. EST. The more sessions you attend, the better your chances of winning are. Prizes include a new iPad and $200 in Amazon gift cards.

*You must be present at the Convention Awards Meeting to claim your prize.

Thursday, May 28 (All Times Eastern)

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10:00 - 10:30 a.m. - University of Maryland

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Singers from around the world come to the University of Maryland to study with our internationally recognized voice and opera faculty. Our programs provide students with a comprehensive education that prepares them for careers as professional performers, educators, arts management specialists and much more.

Our undergraduate programs offer the choice of a concentrated vocal performance track or a broader liberal arts degree, often used by double-majors. Aspiring K–12 teachers can pursue a B.M.E. in choral education through our music education program.

At the graduate level, degrees in vocal performance focus on Lieder and vocal orchestral literature. Degrees in opera performance are devoted to operatic training through the Maryland Opera Studio. A third doctoral-level vocal pedagogy option emphasizes the training of advanced studio teachers and vocal coaches.

All courses of study include comprehensive classes in repertory, form, theory and history as well as concentrations in the performance, literature or pedagogy.

10:30 - 11:00 a.m. - Sacred Heart University

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There are exciting opportunities for vocalists in the Performing Arts department at Sacred Heart University. Grants and scholarships are available to vocalists, regardless of major, who choose to participate in one of the six choral ensembles. Over 200 students participate in the vibrant Choral Program and some use their class credits towards earning a performance based Music minor. Many students also choose to audition for shows produced by the Theatre Arts Program. The Theatre Arts Program puts on 6 full productions per year and hosts its own original playwriting festival. Students are also able to earn a major and/or minor in Musical Theatre and Acting. The Performing Arts Program is home to over 800 students, who are actively involved in creating and performing in public performances, masterclasses, and workshops each year. Sacred Heart University is located along the coast in suburban CT, in close proximity to NYC with its vast performing arts opportunities.

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11:00 - 11:30 a.m. - University of Illinois

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Lyric Theatre @ Illinois is a comprehensive program embracing a broad continuum of opera and musical theatre. Emphasizing flexibility, wellness, and creativity, it mounts three fully staged productions of musical theatre and opera each year, performed in our outstanding opera house at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, and several studio, scenes, and workshop programs.

LTI offers a degree which focuses especially on sung theatre:  the Bachelor of Musical Arts in Lyric Theatre.  Students in this degree program follow a curriculum which includes substantial acting and dance instruction, and which trains the singing actor in the repertoire and techniques of all genres of sung theater. Students who love sung theatre and aspire to be the generators of that work—as lyricists and composers, working with performers and designers in ways that blend the traditional disciplines, or developing their skills as stage and music directors, are strongly encouraged to consider the BMA in Lyric Theatre.

Studies at the graduate level focus on vocal development, linguistic and musical excellence, and stage experience.  We emphasize the unity of all sung theatre and the thorough preparation necessary for excellence in all styles: vocal and physical health; score study and musicianship; a careful reading of text in all languages; dance and acting experience and training; somatic awareness.  Illinois boasts superb academic resources, a world-class Performing Arts Center, and one of the best performing arts libraries in the world.

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 Noon - Franciscan University of Steubenville

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Focus intensively on the Catholic Church’s rich musical tradition, including Gregorian chant, sacred polyphony, and the great works of all ages through the sacred music bachelor’s program at Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio. Receive a thorough understanding of the history and tradition of sacred music as well as contemporary and secular music. With concentrations in voice or organ, this music major is designed for students who want to pursue graduate studies in music or pursue music jobs, such as Catholic church musicians, performers, or music ministers.

One-on-one advising from accomplished Catholic faculty

Your professors at Franciscan University will teach you how theological and philosophical truths can be revealed through music. These Catholic faith-filled mentors will also regularly meet with you to discuss careers in music so that you can accomplish what the Lord is calling you to do. As a music major at Franciscan, you’ll come to deeply know what Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI meant when he said sacred music is “an audible and perceptible rendering of the truth of our faith. Listening to all of these great works … suddenly we feel: it is true!”

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12:00 - 12:30 p.m. - Interlochen Center for the Arts

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Interlochen was founded in 1928 and is located in beautiful northwest lower Michigan. Each year, thousands of artists and arts patrons come to Interlochen to experience world-class educational and cultural opportunities. Students study music, theatre, visual arts, film, creative writing and dance, guided by an outstanding faculty and guest artists, and inspired by the scenic beauty of our campus.

1:00 - 1:30 p.m. - Longy School of Music

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The world needs music now more than ever. At Longy, we prepare students to become exceptional musicians who can engage new audiences; teach anyone, anywhere; and use artistry to change lives in communities around the world. Join us and become the musician the world needs you to be.

Longy is a degree-granting conservatory in Cambridge, MA with an additional campus in Los Angeles, CA. We offer a full spectrum of performance, composition, and teaching programs, including a new Master of Music in Music Education (Cambridge) and a Master of Arts in Teaching (Los Angeles), the nation’s first one-year, El Sistema-inspired degree programs.

We’ve turned graduate education on its head with our innovative Catalyst Curriculum, which pairs musical excellence with the skills needed to become a professional musician in a rapidly changing musical landscape. At Longy, you will discover many paths to make a meaningful life in music.

2:00 - 2:30 p.m. - The Juilliard School

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The Juilliard School offers BM, MM, and DMA degrees in Voice, as well as the Artist Diploma in Opera Studies. Typically, Juilliard enrolls 8-10 Bachelor of Music students each year. Our comprehensive training is tailored to the needs of the 21st-century singer, who must not only sing but act, move, analyze text, and interact with colleagues, designers, directors, and conductors from around the world. Performance opportunities exist for all levels of singers, including three fully-staged Juilliard Opera productions, one fully-staged undergraduate opera, opera scenes, honors recitals, New York Festival of Song, our Liederabend series, recitals in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, master classes, and undergraduate recitals in each year of your program. Visit for more information, or write to

3:00 - 3:30 p.m. - Walnut Hill School for the Arts

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Walnut Hill School for the Arts is an independent boarding and day high school offering a transformational educational experience purposefully designed for student artists in grades 9–12, with a postgraduate year also available. We offer unparalleled training in dance; music; theater; visual art; and writing, film & media arts, complemented by a robust and innovative academic curriculum.

Every aspect of our program promotes our students’ growth as bold artists, curious learners, and mindful citizens. Students from across the country and around the globe come together to form a dynamic community on our scenic campus located in Natick, Massachusetts, just west of Boston. Guided by master teachers and supported by peers from a variety of artistic backgrounds, Walnut Hill students graduate prepared to succeed in college and beyond.

3:30 - 4:00 p.m. - University of Oklahoma

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If you are passionate about the art and craft of music, we share that passion. Established in 1908, the OU School of Music has been helping students pursue their musical and academic dreams for more than a century. Combining a world-class faculty and staff, state of the art facilities, and a comprehensive array of inspiring performance and academic opportunities, we invite you to join us as we aspire to create the musical future.

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4:00 - 4:30 p.m. - Nicholas Pallesen

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For over 15 years, Nicholas Pallesen has helped performers of all ages, levels, and genres create changes and results that looked impossible to them before. His clients call him the “Coach for the Soul” for his ability to help them fall in love with their humanity and unleash their innate potential. As a Transformative Coach, Nicholas lovingly challenges the cultural paradigm of mental wellness and performance psychology and invites people to consider that living our best life is simpler than we think.

A Juilliard trained, former Metropolitan Opera Baritone, Nicholas understands peak performance firsthand. After spending over a decade in the international spotlight, he now helps performing artists shine under the brightest lights and biggest stages. His Mental Freedom Masterclasses have inspired and impacted people at conservatories and training programs throughout the US. Nicholas is currently on faculty for mental wellness and mental performance at the New World Symphony in Miami.

5:00 - 5:30 p.m. - Sunderman Conservatory

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The Sunderman Conservatory of Music is a dedicated place for music inside a liberal arts college, a conservatory embedded in a rich intellectual community. It’s a place of synergy and energy, of concertos and calculus, symphonies and science, history and harmonies, gamelan and German. An exceptional faculty of artists and scholars, a campus culture rich in performance, and opportunities that range from residencies with internationally-renowned guest artists and lecturers each semester to musical experiences abroad for a semester or a summer make Sunderman one of the most distinctive undergraduate music options available.

Gettysburg College offers a Bachelor of Music in Performance, a Bachelor of Music Education, and a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Music with the option for a Double Major.

5:30 - 6:00 p.m. - Broadway Artists Alliance

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Broadway Artists Alliance of NYC provides professional training for promising young musical theatre performers – both live in New York City, and online from the comfort of your own home! Participants study voice, acting, and dance with top Broadway performers and NYC professionals, and every BAA intensive culminates in a final showcase for top New York casting directors, agents, and managers. BAA also specializes in summer and winter intensives, a 3-week online weekly class series, college audition preparation workshops, and adult professional training for ages 18 and up. BAA student success stories have included student’s making their debuts on Broadway  and in Broadway National Tours of Dear Evan Hansen, Mean Girls, Hamilton, Frozen, Finding Neverland, Newsies, Hello Dolly, School of Rock, Kinky Boots, Lion King, Anastasia, Billy Elliot, The Ferryman, Annie, Mary Poppins, Matilda, Sound of Music, 13, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Violet, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, West Side Story, and more!  In response to Covid-19, BAA has launched extensive online programming to ensure that everyone has the chance to continue to hone their craft! Admission is still open for this summer and granted by Audition or Special Invitation only. Learn more at!

6:00 - 6:30 p.m. - UCLA

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The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music’s Voice & Opera program fuses superlative vocal and stagecraft training with the cutting-edge academic and scholarly opportunities available in a world-class research university.

Its location in the nation’s most dynamic, culturally diverse entertainment capital; the program’s intimate size (< 40 students in total); its supportive relationships with LA Opera, LA Philharmonic, and an ongoing collaboration with professional vocal ensemble Seraphic Fire; and a roster of internationally renowned faculty and guest artists unite with rigorous performance-based BM, MM, and DMA curricula to equip students for 21st century careers capable of influencing the artistic aesthetic for decades to come.

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7:00 - 7:30 p.m. - McGill University

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The Schulich School of Music of McGill University embodies the highest international standards of excellence in professional training and research.  We are known for our programs in orchestra, opera, jazz, early music and contemporary music. Our leadership in sound recording and music technology provides unique possibilities for collaboration with the larger musical community.  Our School is home to over 800 students, who are drawn here by our 200+ professors, our ensembles and performance opportunities, and our programs in research and technology.

8:00 - 8:30 p.m. - Boston Conservatory at Berklee

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Boston Conservatory at Berklee provides a progressive learning environment where students are challenged to realize their potential as artists and inspired to pursue their dreams. Long recognized for its specialized training in dance, music, and theater, the Conservatory’s recent merger with Berklee now combines this rigorous, focused instruction with unparalleled access to a broad range of academic and creative opportunities. Set in the cultural, historical, and educational hub of Boston, this extraordinary institution represents the future of performing arts education.

Friday, May 29 (All Times Eastern)

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10:00 - 10:30 a.m. - Vanderbilt University

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Greetings from the Blair School of Music!

We are a uniquely undergraduate-only, conservatory style program alongside a top-fifteen academic institution. Founded in 1964, the Blair School of Music sits in the heart of Nashville, a city with a rich musical and artistic culture. Blair is located minutes away from worldclass music halls including Schermerhorn Symphony Center and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, where students have access to performances by the Nashville Opera, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Ballet, and many other renowned ensembles and performers.

We invite you to explore our Programs of Study, where you’ll find offerings in Performance, Musical Arts, Music Teacher Education, Integrated Studies, Jazz Studies, and more. By visiting our How to Apply page, you will learn more about our application requirements and audition processes. Please also take a moment to read about our excellent scholarship opportunities.

11:00 - 11:30 a.m. - Oklahoma City University

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The Wanda L. Bass School of Music prides itself on fostering a creative environment that encourages exploration and collaboration. Faculty members at Oklahoma City University are active musicians and scholars whose first priority is teaching and mentoring. Performance opportunities abound with more than 250 events staged throughout the academic year, ranging from solo recitals to full-scale choral and orchestral works, as well as six opera and music theater productions.  Few schools have produced so many graduates who excel across the musical spectrum, as performers, educators, and composers. Fewer still have had alumni recognized with Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Awards. Only one institution from that elite company is an all-Steinway school and an Apple Digital Campus that has been honored by ASCAP with its prestigious national orchestral award for adventurous programming of contemporary music.

The School of Music provides a professional education within the liberal arts curriculum and develops musicians equipped to make significant artistic contributions to society. Critical thinking, open inquiry, and artistic expression are fostered through the study of traditional intellectual disciplines and applied skills.  Our degree programs stress virtuosic versatility – integrating performance skills, music scholarship, pedagogy, and professionalism – to prepare students for music careers in the 21st century.

12:00 - 12:30 p.m. - Ithaca College

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In this program you will have every opportunity to do what you love: perform. As a program requirement you will give at least two recitals in our performance venues, allowing you to showcase your growing expertise in your instrument or voice. You’ll continue to gain expertise by participating in a wide range of ensembles, having weekly private lessons with a faculty member, and attending a weekly repertoire class, where you will perform and discuss instrumental literature with your peers.

12:30 - 1:00 p.m. -AAMS International Summer Music Institute, Finland

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The AAMS and International Summer Music Institute in Finland will be offering the Virtual program from July 31 to August 10. The program offers daily voice lessons, coaching, opera/musicals scenes, and master classes with Ulla Raiski,Mezzo, Tampere Conservatoire; Kristjan Mõisnik, Bass-Baritone, Sibelius-Akatemia;  Mira Yang, Soprano, George Mason University & Kennedy Center: Danielle Piattelli,  Kunstuniversitat, Graz; Special Guest: Erkki Korhonen, Zurich Opera, Director of Finnish National Opera.  The singers who like to audition for the Colleges, Graduate Schools, Young Artist programs, and preparing competitions, may apply. We will be sharing resources of the Austria and  Scandinavian Graduate Schools, Young Artist Programs, and Opera Companies.

1:00 - 1:30 p.m. - Baldwin Wallace University

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Bold opportunities leading to artistic excellence and innovation are at the center of Baldwin Wallace University’s nationally acclaimed Conservatory of Music.

A vibrant arts community and facility, our All-Steinway Conservatory is a top-ranking program of 13 undergraduate majors that provides students with extraordinary opportunities to perform, compose, conduct, teach and excel in their studies and preparation for becoming citizen artists.

2:00 - 2:30 p.m. - Butler University

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More. This simple word describes the opportunities you’ll have in our School of Music. In addition to studying music, our flexible curriculum allows you to easily pursue a double major, study abroad, collaborate with internationally acclaimed artists, complete a major research project, or teach in the Butler Community Arts School—all with the encouragement of Butler’s renowned faculty.

3:00 - 4:00 p.m. - William Jewell College

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William Jewell College offers 4-yr. liberal arts degrees in music: Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Vocal Performance and Music Education. A newly launched 2-yr. graduate program, “Artist Diploma in Voice,” will begin in August 2020 under the direction of Grammy Award- winning baritone and alum, Daniel Belcher. While enrolled, undergraduate students have opportunities for lead roles in operas and Broadway musicals, solos with our award-winning Concert Choir, concert appearances with many of Kansas City’s premier vocal ensembles, and masterclass participation with international artists on Jewell’s acclaimed Harriman-Jewell Series. Diploma students will sing operas staged by Metropolitan Opera Assistant Stage Director, Kathleen Belcher.

Graduates of Jewell’s music program are admitted to top music schools and conservatories, and are enjoying careers in a variety of performing arts organizations. Talent scholarships are available to all students regardless of major. Visit for information.

5:00 - 5:30 p.m. - Temple University

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The Boyer College of Music and Dance offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Choral Activities, Dance, Instrumental Studies, Jazz Studies, Keyboard Studies, Music Education, Music Studies (Composition, History, Theory, Technology), Music Therapy and Voice and Opera. Boyer is located on Temple’s main campus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — less than one mile from the City’s historic cultural institutions, including the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ballet, Philadanco and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
The Boyer College, founded in 1962, is part of the Center for Performing and Cinematic Arts at Temple University and offers students numerous opportunities to perform with large and small ensembles, many of which perform regularly at the Temple Performing Arts Center, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Boyer offers 500 concerts, performances, master classes, lectures, faculty and guest artist recitals each year, most all of which are free and all of which are open to the public.

5:30 - 6:00 p.m. - Broadway Artists Alliance

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Broadway Artists Alliance of NYC provides professional training for promising young musical theatre performers – both live in New York City, and online from the comfort of your own home! Participants study voice, acting, and dance with top Broadway performers and NYC professionals, and every BAA intensive culminates in a final showcase for top New York casting directors, agents, and managers. BAA also specializes in summer and winter intensives, a 3-week online weekly class series, college audition preparation workshops, and adult professional training for ages 18 and up. BAA student success stories have included student’s making their debuts on Broadway  and in Broadway National Tours of Dear Evan Hansen, Mean Girls, Hamilton, Frozen, Finding Neverland, Newsies, Hello Dolly, School of Rock, Kinky Boots, Lion King, Anastasia, Billy Elliot, The Ferryman, Annie, Mary Poppins, Matilda, Sound of Music, 13, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Violet, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, West Side Story, and more!  In response to Covid-19, BAA has launched extensive online programming to ensure that everyone has the chance to continue to hone their craft! Admission is still open for this summer and granted by Audition or Special Invitation only. Learn more at!

6:00 - 6:30 p.m. - University of New Mexico

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The University of New Mexico Department of Music aims to provide the highest quality musical education, in order to make a substantial contribution to the cultural life of its region and the world by reinforcing the integral value of music in society.

We strive to give each student a first-rate musical education under the guidance of our dynamic artist faculty, and a well-balanced program among the disciplines of performancemusic educationtheory and compositionjazz studiesstring pedagogyconducting and musicology.

7:00 - 7:30 p.m. - Mannes School of Music (The New School)

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At the College of Performing Arts, our renowned schools of drama, jazz, and Mannes School of music come together to form a progressive creative center at the heart of The New School. Performing arts students work across disciplines to become a force of new artistry. Here, rigorous classical training meets new music, improvisation, real-world creative opportunities, and cross-disciplinary projects to develop well-rounded and well-prepared artists. Surround yourself with legendary teachers and mentors, faculty who will guide your development as a performer and train you to be a professional. Find yourself integrated into New York City’s vibrant artistic community, gaining hands-on experience performing across the city, as well as around the world.

7:30 - 8:00 p.m. - University of Redlands

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In the School of Music our goal is to educate the whole musician, not just to train a performer. All great performances go far beyond technical mastery to include a sense of history, society, culture and art. At Redlands, our students learn to perform, interpret and teach music in a liberal arts environment that provides a broad education and intense training.

At Redlands you can perform in the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Orchestra, Chapel Singers, Bel Canto, University Choir, Studio Jazz Band, Jazz Improv Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Guitar Ensembles, and Opera Theater Workshop. Our studio faculty are among the finest musicians and teachers in Southern California. The classes are small and your teachers will know you as a person, not just as a name on a class roster.

The School of Music has a very close and special relationship with the Redlands Symphony Orchestra (RSO). Redlands students get to see their teachers perform in Memorial Chapel as the principal players in the RSO. Qualified students have the opportunity to play in the RSO as an assistant, substitute or section player. The student winner of our concerto competition gets to perform with the RSO on a regular subscription series concert.

8:00 - 8:30 p.m. - Fresno State University

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Fresno State music program provides undergraduate and graduates instruction in music for those planning professional careers as performers, composers, and studio teachers, as well as those preparing for advanced degrees in performance and composition. Our opera program is very robust, offering roles to every interested student, every semester! Voice students also have weekly masterclasses and other performance opportunities that include concerto competition, Art Song Festival with international faculty, community outreach performances, performances on live TV and other incredible experiences, such as directing our productions and recording world premieres by local and national composers. It is also one of the most affordable programs in the country! For further enquiries visit our website or contact Dr. Briggs:


Tuesday, May 26 (All Times Eastern)

10:00 - 10:30 a.m. - University of Alabama

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The University of Alabama School of Music is a comprehensive institution, serving nearly 400 majors in a variety of disciplines. The UA Opera Theatre is a rigorous training program designed to prepare young artists for careers in opera and musical theater. The program has received national attention through multiple placements in the National Opera Association’s Collegiate Opera Scenes and Opera Production Competitions. In addition to high-level voice training by a superb faculty of performers, the opera curriculum includes experience in acting, dance, yoga, stage combat, improvisation, and music business; five productions are performed annually, ranging from full-length productions with orchestra to jazz evenings and student-directed scenes. The UA Opera Theatre hosts the Druid City Opera Workshop, a summer young artist intensive, and the area offers doctoral secondary concentrations in Stage Direction and Vocal Pedagogy. The past opera season included presentations on Alabama Public Television, and the world premiere of Michael Ching’sRSBE: Remove Shoes Before Entering.

12:00 - 12:30 p.m. - Nazareth College

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Nazareth College of Rochester NY: The BFA in musical theatre is a pre-professional degree that integrates music, theatre, and dance to prepare you for a life in the arts. Classes are taught by industry professionals, Nazareth faculty, and visiting guest artists in a rigorous and supportive environment. Students can take advantage of a London  semester or a Tepper semester in NYC. Students benefit from Nazareth’s strategic regional partnerships with professional theatres, agents, and producers as well as a Senior Showcase in NYC.

Corinne Aquilina Program Director for MTHA at Nazareth College.

New York and tour credits include Broadway pit of The Boys from Oz, Annie, Five Guys Named Moe, and The Great American Trailer Park Musical. Arranger/Orchestrator: Menopause, The Musical. Corinne was Musical Director for the North American Premiere of From Here to Eternity and Theatrical Rights Worldwide’s Saturday Night Fever. Original works include music/lyrics: Treasure Island, A New Musical; Pump N Go; The Littlest Witch.  Regional credits include: Hairspray, The Drowsy Chaperone, Full Monty, Forty Second Street, Five Guys Named Moe, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Spelling Bee, Cabaret, Chicago, Miss Saigon, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Evita, La Cage, My Fair Lady, The King & I, The Sound of Music, Nunsense, Brigadoon, Kiss Me Kate, Anything Goes, South Pacific,Grease, Singin’ in the Rain, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Damn Yankees, and Daddy Long Legs. Corinne is a resident Musical Director at The REV (formerly Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival. and is a member of: Dramatists Guild, ASCAP, and AFM Local 802.

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1:00 - 1:30 p.m. - San Francisco Conservatory of Music

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With an enrollment of only 450, SFCM is a tight-knit community that celebrates creativity, collaboration, and the highest standards of artistry. As the only collegiate conservatory in the Bay Area, SFCM students work alongside internationally-known artists appearing on San Francisco’s major stages and have the opportunity to gig all around the city from Napa Valley to Silicon Valley.

Voice students receive comprehensive training in a rigorous opera program, which includes weekly coachings and private lessons, access to rehearsals and performances at San Francisco Opera, opportunities to work with renowned vocal coaches such as Martin Katz and Frederica von Stade, and a wide range of acting, stage combat certification, diction, and professional development courses unparalleled at other institutions.

1:30 - 2:00 p.m. - University of Texas at El Paso

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The University of Texas at El Paso Bachelor of Music degrees in performance, music education, theory/composition and commercial music; Masters degrees in performance, conducting, theory/composition and music education, including several online options.

Opera UTEP singers and UTEP Choirs regularly perform with El Paso Opera and El Paso Symphony. The UTEP Chamber Singers perform biannually in Leeds, England. UTEP’s Center for Arts Entrepreneurship hosts major guest musicians from around the globe.

El Paso is one of the safest cities in the US, with many recreational and cultural offerings. And, UTEP Music has one of the most affordable programs in the country! For more information, contact Brian Downen and visit our website

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2:00 - 2:30 p.m. - Arizona State University

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The Voice, Music Theatre and Opera programs in the School of Music at Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is committed to preparing outstanding music theatre and opera artists for professional careers in the 21st century. Through expert individual and classroom instruction, the production of operas and musicals, student-led workshops, new work development, research opportunities, dynamic community engagement, and multiple professional collaborations, we foster a creative, student-centered environment that enables students to discover who they are as individuals and artists, at their own pace, in their own unique way, at the highest level.

ASU offers Bachelor of Music degrees in Voice Performance, Music Theatre, Music Therapy, and Music Teaching and Learning. In addition there are Masters degrees in Voice Performance, Music Theatre, Opera and Voice Performance/Pedagogy, as well as a DMA in Voice Performance.

Learn more about our Music Theatre + Opera program, which combines training in both disciplines, and our nationally recognized choral program.

2:30 - 3:00 p.m. - Pepperdine University

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Many factors contribute to Pepperdine University’s reputation as a top vocal program. In the past decade, Pepperdine University has emerged as one of the nation’s leading private universities. Our music department is personal and unique, offering high-quality instruction and an exceptional learning experience for each individual. This nurturing environment allows our students to refine their talents and skills for successful careers in music.  Our graduates have sung with many of the major opera companies in the US, including the Metropolitan, Los Angeles, and San Francisco Operas, and countless regional opera companies in the US and abroad.

3:00 - 3:30 p.m. - Carnegie Mellon University

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Integral to this process is superb coaching in ensembles, both large and small. Every Carnegie Mellon music student is part of an orchestra, chorus, or wind ensemble and chamber group with the highest standards of discipline and musicianship. Along with studio and ensemble, the third essential element of our curriculum is the strongest possible basis in musical skills and knowledge. We have an internationally known program in eurhythmics and solfege, complemented by outstanding offerings in history and theory. One of the best ways to learn is to teach, and we support a significant program of pedagogy and music education as a co-requisite to performance, an invaluable training component for a life in music.

3:30 - 4:00 p.m. - Eastman School of Music

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At Eastman, our passion is music.  We believe that music enriches the heart, nourishes the mind, and heals the soul.  We believe in the power of music to transform lives.

We study music in the classroom, engage with music in the rehearsal room, live with music in the practice room, investigate and reveal music through scholarship, perform music on stages, and share music throughout the community.


4:00 - 5:00 p.m. - DePauw University

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The DePauw University School of Music provides an excellent musical and intellectual foundation that prepares undergraduate musicians to be adaptive leaders, equipped to actively engage their communities and pursue a breadth of career paths.

We believe artists should embrace diversity, foster inclusivity, and raise cultural awareness, and this shapes our community and curriculum.

In partnership with DePauw’s College of Liberal Arts, we encourage students to integrate creative and practical musical skills with critical thinking and intellectual inquiry, empowering our graduates for a lifetime of learning.

5:00 - 5:30 p.m. - Respiro Opera, NYC

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Respiro Opera, NYC is an intensive training program designed to aid the artistic development of the emerging young professional hosted at Opera America, in the center of Manhattan, NY. Classes focus on the breath and physical freedom with hands on Alexander Technique, Body Mapping, and Yoga specifically tailored for singers.

The freeing of the body and breath is essential and compatible with all vocal techniques.

Participants in Respiro Opera’s program will work with basic stagecraft and the skill set required for today’s opera performer. Each singer is responsible for the word by word translation. Arias and scenes are discussed with respect to the cultural and historical framework of composer and librettist.

6:00 - 6:30 p.m. - Brigham Young University

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Brigham Young University maintains a tradition of strong cultural emphasis and support of the fine arts. The BYU School of Music continues this tradition as it leads toward a bright future.Our focus is on cultivating individual talents and fostering some of the most respected music ensembles in any academic setting.

Classical voice degrees include Vocal Performance, Music Education and a liberal arts BA in Music. Graduate of Vocal Performance can be seen in major opera companies, choral associations and universities throughout the world.

Contemporary voice students pursue Music Dance Theatre (MDT), and Commercial Music degrees. The MDT program is an interdisciplinary degree offered by the College of Fine Arts and Communications, designed to train performers for a career in musical theatre and related performance disciplines. Graduates of MDT have performed all over the world on Broadway stages, national tours, film and television; while Commercial Music alumni have gone on to successful solo recording careers.

7:00 - 7:30 p.m. - Penn State University

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The voice area at Penn State is vibrant, supportive, and comprehensive.  The voice faculty are widely recognized for their teaching, performance and scholarship, and work together to provide each student with the best experience and mentoring. Performance opportunities abound, and voice students in all degree programs are encouraged to perform as much as possible. Opera Theatre offers a scenes workshop and at least one fully-staged work every year.

The School of Music takes pride in its student-centered philosophy and the quality of the individualized instruction provided by its fifty full-time faculty. Enrolling approximately 325 students, the school grants undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide range of programs that help students develop as performers, teachers, and scholars. At Penn State, you will find the ideal match between the wealth of opportunities found in a large institution and the individualized attention provided in the intimate environment of our School of Music.

8:00 - 8:30 p.m. - University of British Columbia

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One of the oldest and largest music schools in Canada, The UBC School of Music sits in the magnificent city of Vancouver, British Columbia, one of North America’s most beautiful cities. UBC offers a wide variety of undergraduate, graduate, and non-degree training programs in composition, performance, and scholarship.

The UBC School of Music’s graduates are currently working in all areas of the music industry. The Voice and Opera Divisions from UBC have been represented by our students at The San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program, The Chautauqua Music Festival, Glimmer Glass, Wolf Trap, and Santa Fe to name but a few!

“We also acknowledge that the magnificent land on which we gather is the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam People.”

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10:00 - 10:30 a.m. - Montclair State University

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The John J. Cali School of Music voice program provides comprehensive training in vocal technique, diction, literature, acting, stagecraft, and pedagogy, in addition to master classes presented by world-renowned artists. Students perform a rich array of repertoire from early to new music in solo recital, large and small choral ensembles, opera scenes and fully staged operatic productions.

The Cali School of Music is dedicated to providing an exceptional artistic and academic education to talented and passionate students by inspiring and preparing them to serve the community as music creators, educators, performers, therapists, and scholars in order to enrich society through the transformative power of music.

10:30 - 11:00 a.m. - Boston Conservatory at Berklee

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Boston Conservatory at Berklee provides a progressive learning environment where students are challenged to realize their potential as artists and inspired to pursue their dreams. Long recognized for its specialized training in dance, music, and theater, the Conservatory’s recent merger with Berklee now combines this rigorous, focused instruction with unparalleled access to a broad range of academic and creative opportunities. Set in the cultural, historical, and educational hub of Boston, this extraordinary institution represents the future of performing arts education.

11:00 - 11:30 a.m. - Hartwick College

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Students are our top priority, so we offer an unparalleled learning environment (and some of the best hills you’ll ever climb). We’re focused not only on what you’ll do here, but on what you’ll accomplish far beyond our walls.

Students in the music program enjoy close mentoring and a collaborative atmosphere where students and faculty perform, study, and learn together. Close student/faculty interaction allows students the opportunity to conduct individual research and performance projects, whether at the Library of Congress or the University of Vienna, Austria.

12:00 - 12:30 p.m. - Furman University

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A Transformative Experience

The vocal/choral department at Furman University offers conservatory-level training within the context of an outstanding academic institution. At Furman, you’ll enjoy a national caliber liberal arts education while receiving outstanding training in music. Furman University offers three degree programs in the study of voice:

(can you link to each of these?) Bachelor of Music Performance degree; Bachelor of Music Education (Choral) degree; and Bachelor of Arts degree.

Furman Lyric Theatre

Furman’s Lyric Theatre program showcases full productions each year, featuring undergraduates in leading roles, chorus and orchestra. Our students prepare for a career in music by receiving professional level coaching and stage direction. All productions are mounted in a 2,000 seat proscenium style theatre.

1:00 - 1:30 p.m. - University of Wisconsin-Madison

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The Voice and Opera programs at the Mead Witter School of Music, University of Wisconsin-Madison collaborate to create a supportive and inspiring atmosphere for growth, challenging students to improve as musicians and encouraging them to unfold as artists. Our alumni currently perform in major opera, musical theater and concert venues, teach at large and small universities throughout the United States and educate the next generation of musicians in public schools. Our award-winning opera program prides itself on inclusivity, regularly casting both graduate and undergraduate students in leading roles. Since 2015, UW-Madison has been the proud recipient of six National Opera Association Opera Production Awards (Albert Herring, Le nozze di Figaro, Transformations, L’incoronazione di Poppea, Into the Woods and The Turn of the Screw). Our production of Transformations garnered the 2nd Place Charles Nelson Reilly Directing Award in the American Prize’s 2018 competition and Falstaff received an Honorable Mention.

2:00 - 2:30 p.m. - Florida Atlantic University

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The Area of Choral and Vocal Studies at Florida Atlantic University offers degrees in Music Education, Vocal Performance, and Commercial Music in addition to a Master of Music program in both Choral Conducting and Vocal Performance. Voice faculty have national and international experience with ensembles, stage productions, and recordings as well as training in traditional bel canto techniques and cross-over styles. Students benefit from mentorship, instruction, and performance opportunities throughout their degree as all undergraduate lessons, ensembles, and coursework are taught by faculty members. Located just under three miles from the Atlantic Ocean and the beautiful beaches of Boca Raton, the Boca Raton campus of Florida Atlantic University features everything you expect from a modern university all in a vibrant, tropical setting with a student body that is the most diverse of all of Florida’s public universities.

3:00 - 3:30 p.m. - Roosevelt University

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The Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA) is one of the six colleges that make up Roosevelt University. CCPA consists of the Music and Theatre Conservatories, both world-renowned for their high level of instruction and accomplished faculty members. Students admitted to CCPA arrive on campus with artistic aspiration, and leave with the skills and knowledge to achieve success in their desired field. Our Voice programs (BM Classical Voice, Honors BMA Classical Voice, BM Music Education, MM Classical Voice, PD Opera) and BFA Musical Theatre programs (BFA Musical Theatre, BFA Musical Theatre with Dance Concentration) offer intensive career training from world-class artist-teachers, with a multitude of onstage performance opportunities throughout their year – all within the heart of one of the country’s most creatively accomplished cities!

4:00 - 4:30 p.m. - Illinois Wesleyan University

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A Top Notch Experience

For over 150 years, the Illinois Wesleyan School of Music has enjoyed a national reputation for producing talented musicians, vocalists, composers and music educators. Learn from our distinguished faculty. Student-faculty relationships are essential to any musician’s education and training. Our low student-to-teacher ratio ensures that every student will enjoy personal attention in class settings and a close mentoring relationship with an applied teacher.

Our Mission

The School of Music at Illinois Wesleyan University offers a transformative experience that helps students grow into inspiring musicians and well-rounded individuals through rigorous training and the acquisition of comprehensive knowledge and skills. As a professional music school firmly set within a liberal arts university, we are committed to providing a challenging, supportive, inclusive, and richly diverse environment for the cultivation of musical talent to contribute to the expression of truths and the upliftment of humanity that the creative and performing arts uniquely supply.

4:30 - 5:00 p.m. - Illinois Wesleyan University (Musical Theatre)

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The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Theatre is for the student who aspires to a performance career in music theatre. This well-rounded pre-professional curriculum requires each student to enroll in a balanced mix of theatre, music and dance courses. These include both applied skills courses like acting, singing and dance, and academically oriented courses like dramatic theory, history and literature. Students are also exposed to the technical and design areas through coursework and production experiences. In addition to intensive coursework, BFA Music Theatre students have the opportunity to apply their craft on stage during our active production season.

5:00 - 5:30 p.m. - Schmidt Vocal Arts

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Interested in understanding financial aid and scholarship opportunities that can support your vocal education? Eager to gain audition experience and additional vocal training to strengthen your College application? Join us to learn how participating in a Schmidt Vocal Arts program can help put you on the path to success – not to mention winning cash awards, bragging rights, and scholarship opportunities along the way!

Schmidt Vocal Arts encourages high school singers to pursue their passion in vocal arts through its programs including Schmidt Vocal Competition (17 high-quality vocal competitions across the country), Schmidt Vocal Institute (a two-week summer intensive learning experience), educational workshops, and need-based scholarships.  SVA awards over $350,000 in cash awards and college scholarships annually. Our programs provide a supportive environment for young singers to explore their potential, learn from world-renowned artists, and create connections with both peers and professionals.

6:00 - 6:30 p.m. - Oberlin College

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Oberlin College and Conservatory offers the essential components of world-class musical training: An outstanding faculty of teacher-performers who remain accessible and committed mentors, exceptional facilities, a dynamic curriculum, regular exposure to resident and guest artists, and a vibrant cultural life. The widely celebrated qualities of an Oberlin vocal studies education are distinguished by a broad range of performing opportunities, unparalleled instruction in languages, and consistent access to vocal coaches, diction instructors, and acting and movement faculty. Singers participate in solo and ensemble experiences, and three annual fully undergraduate, fully staged opera productions. Oberlin’s seamless campus, shared with a preeminent liberal arts college, provides numerous opportunities to major and minor in related subjects or those further afield. A high percentage of students in Oberlin’s vocal studies division earn dual degrees (BM and BA), providing the widest possible postgraduate options.

7:00 - 7:30 p.m. - Louisiana State University

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The LSU School of Music offers a comprehensive music program with nearly 400 majors. It has over 50 faculty, 20 professional staff and 90 graduate assistants. It sponsors over 300 recitals, concerts, operas, and lectures each academic year. Degrees offered include the PhD (with concentrations in composition, music education, musicology and music theory), DMA (concentrations in choral conducting, performance, orchestral conducting, wind conducting), MM, BM, BME and BAM (Liberal Arts). The LSU School of Music has a rich history and tradition of musical excellence in academic and performance pursuits. Recently celebrating its centennial anniversary, the School of Music was one of the first music programs to be accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music in 1932. The same year, LSU Opera (now known as the Turner-Fischer Center for Opera) was established, which continues today as one of the oldest and most important university opera programs in the nation. With sustained excellence in its academic and performance programs, the School of the Music has been selected twice by LSU as a “Foundations of Excellence” program on campus.

8:00 - 8:30 p.m. - Grand Canyon University

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Grand Canyon University is Arizona’s premier private Christian university. Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Arts in Music with an Emphasis in Voice Performance degree program provides rigorous training in vocal performance. The BA in Voice Performance is aligned to the standards of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) as a professional performance degree. The music performance degree is a versatile choice that can pave the way toward many rewarding career paths. The BA in music education at GCU is aligned with the standards of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC). Performance scholarships are available on a first come, first served basis and applicants are encourages to audition early. Scholarship opportunities, student support resources, innovative learning experiences and faith-integrated curriculum help students achieve their goals and grow into servant leaders.

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